County Judge Wins ‘Undying Affection’ From Auction Puppy

County Judge Wins ‘Undying Affection’ From Auction Puppy

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s dog Lilli hasn’t left his side since he took her home from Park Lovers’ Ball in 2011. Judge Emmett and his wife Gwen attended the Friends of West U Parks Fund’s annual event and knew that they would bid on something. That something turned out...
A Park Lovers’ Ball Puppy Six Years Later

A Park Lovers’ Ball Puppy Six Years Later

When Steve and Leah Ragiel’s children started asking when they could get a puppy, it turned out there couldn’t have been a better time or a better cause. The Ragiels are one of the many West U families who have a puppy from the Friends of West University Place Parks...
West U Hood Poppers Keeping it Classic

West U Hood Poppers Keeping it Classic

“People who have old cars love to talk to other people who have old cars,” says West U resident and local business owner Gregg Thompson. That universal truth was the inspiration for West U Hood Poppers, a neighborhood event where classic car owners and enthusiasts can “ooohh and aaahh” over...
The Old ‘39 Chevy Goes Under the Wrench

The Old ‘39 Chevy Goes Under the Wrench

I can’t seem to part with my ’64 Dodge Dart It’s a work of art never mind that it don’t start I bought it used back in 1989 That little MOPAR monster is like an old friend of mine* For more than 20 years, John and Lynn Old’s 1939 Chevrolet...
West U Firefighter Memorializes Parents with Gift to the City

West U Firefighter Memorializes Parents with Gift to the City

Tommy Jones II was born and raised in West U and spent his entire career serving on the West U Fire Department. Now he and his sister Linda Pizzi are giving back to the city in a way they hope will help their parents’ memory live on. Tommy and Linda...
Latest entries
Creature Comforts: Knitters Donate for West U Children

Creature Comforts: Knitters Donate for West U Children

When the West U Fire Department responds to situations involving children, the children will be comforted by a homemade stuffed animal that was made for them by West U’s knitting club. What started as a one-time scarf making workshop, is now a weekly club of three women who enjoy knitting and donating their crafts to...
On the Job: Stories from West U’s Animal Control Officer

On the Job: Stories from West U’s Animal Control Officer

West U’s Animal Control and Code Enforcement Officer Daniel Paripovich has worked for the city for more than 12 years. Here he shares with us a couple of his favorite stories. Dog stuck in fence It was obvious that the dog had been trying to get between the bars of the fence to get out...
West U Resident Shares Love of Horses with Nonprofits

West U Resident Shares Love of Horses with Nonprofits

Just a few miles from West U, Nina Springer and two friends have a 43-acre piece of property they call “the barn,” a place where they keep their horses and allow nonprofit groups that are close to their heart use the land. West U seniors recently took a trip to tour the property and see...
Photos: West U Residents and Their Pets

Photos: West U Residents and Their Pets

Connecting with Your Council

Connecting with Your Council

One of the strengths of West University is the fact that it has zoning, a term that seems to be a dirty word in the City of Houston but is a valuable part of the fabric of West U. Since about 90 percent of our land is dedicated to residential use, the portion of the...
Connecting with Your Publishers

Connecting with Your Publishers

Zoey I’ve had dogs my whole life, but I didn’t know what it meant to have an animal be “yours” until my husband and I adopted our dog Zoey. We adopted Zoey the same day that Judge Ed Emmett and his wife Gwen took home their puppy from Park Lovers’ Ball. We had been talking...

Bellaire Family Hosting ‘Allies for GAN’ Gala

On Saturday, Nov. 8, Justin’s TRIumph Over GAN will be hosting its inaugural gala and auction titled “Allies For GAN.” The event will be held at the Texas Flying Legends Museum  and will be a WWII 1940s theme complete with GAN Bomber specialty drinks and cuisine. Guests will be treated to music stylings of the...

‘Petals & Pearls’ to Benefit Brides Against Breast Cancer

On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 9, an exclusive selection of Houston’s luxury wedding, floral, and design experts will showcase their talents, services, and wares to raise funds for Brides Against Breast Cancer. “Petals & Pearls: A Luxury Wedding Collective” will be the most ambitious charity event ever held at Ouisie’s Table. The charity showcase...
Friends Hosting Deeply Rooted Photo Contest

Friends Hosting Deeply Rooted Photo Contest

West University Place Parks are deeply rooted in the community and provide a perfect backdrop to take photos of nature, family and friends. The Deeply Rooted Photo Contest encourages park lovers of all ages,  from amateur to skilled photographers, to share their park experiences through photography. The Friends of West U Parks is looking for...
City Hosting West University Citizens Academy in October

City Hosting West University Citizens Academy in October

The City of West U is hosting its inaugural West University Citizens Academy this October. This city council initiative, is a seven-week course that allows residents to learn all things West U. The free class will be held once a week from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting Oct. 17  and ending Nov. 18. Participants...